Sunday, March 31, 2013

Design Challenge

There's one design element of the chair that has stumped me so far. In it's open position, you can see that the chair back has a curved concave shape to it. It is wide at the top, about 16 inches in width, and disappears near the bottom. 

Here's a drawing of my own:

But I can't figure out how I would achieve this effect short of carving it with hand-tools. I could do an angled cove-cut with a table saw but I would need a blade about three feet in diameter. I could use a router maybe, but I'd need to make a very intricate jig and that would be as hard as the initial challenge. The only other thing I can think of is maybe using a band saw. I'd have to stand the board up vertically, and then at an angle and cut a curve. As if the band saw blade was mimicking a giant circular blade that just kissed the top of the board at a slight angle. Problem: I dont' have a band saw. Sounds dangerous anyway... so I'm still thinking. What if the chair back had no indentation at all? Less comfy, and less sleek I think. Luckily this can be one of the very last pieces I finish. 

Saturday, March 30, 2013


I took a trip to the lumberyard a few days ago and picked out some walnut to start the tables. I had them sand everything and mill a straight edge on each plank so I could use the table saw. I also had them mill the exact measurements of the table legs while they were at it. The legs are from a thicker material and it would have been challenging to mill that myself. I LOVE getting a batch of new wood like this. It smells great. Full of potential.

Jonah was impressed as well.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Back in the Saddle

Finally getting ready to begin a new project. Coffee tables/chairs for my sister. What's a coffeetable/chair, you might ask. THIS is:

It's called the "Metamorphic chair" and you can buy some here. I think it will be a fun project. I'll make four of them. Probably out of walnut with a cherry stain, like my cabinet. I'll blog the construction as I go.